ELECT'IVE, a. Dependent on choice, as an elective monarchy, in which the king is raised to the throne by election; opposed to hereditary.1. Bestowed or passing by election; as an office is elective.2. Pertaining to or consisting in choice or right of choosing; as elective franchise.3. Exerting the power of choice; as an elective act.4. Selecting for combination; as elective attraction, which is a tendency in bodies to unite with certain kinds of matter in preference to others.